How well do you know Louis Theroux? As it turns out, probably about as well as the man himself.
The documentary maker challenged himself after being featured on long-running quiz show Mastermind recently, and found it trickier than her ever could have guessed.
The 51-year-old’s TV shows were chosen by contestant Laura Ellerton as she delved into his career for the specialist subject round.
‘If I’m completely honest, I think I’m going to do really well on it,’ Louis saidbefore taking on the challenge in a video posted on Instagram.
‘I am Louis Theroux… so it would be pretty weird if I didn’t have a fairly good grasp of the content.’
Questions from the round included the real name of Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, as well as obscure details from his Weird Weekends series.
In the end, Louis managed seven correct answers, but found it much more difficult than he expected.
‘Those were hard questions,’ he said after taking on the round. ‘Those were tough.’
‘Can I just salute [contestant] Laura, I thought she did amazingly well… Given that I have the advantage of having lived those documentaries, I was distressingly poor.’
He also said that he was sending a gift to Laura for her efforts on the programme, which saw her manage six points.
Mastermind: How well do you know Louis Theroux?
Q. In America’s Most Dangerous Pets, Theroux meets a big cat owner called Joe Schriebvogel, who is better known by what nickname?
A. Joe Exotic
Q. In the episode Under the Knife, Theroux visits plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills and, having been assured that it’s ‘relatively risk-free’, undergoes what medical procedure.
Q. In When Louis met… Paul and Debbie, Debbie McGee gives a telephone interview in the dressing room of Lincoln’s Theatre Royal and uses what informal term for a magician’s assistant?
A. Box jumper
Q. When Theroux meets the far-right Aryan Nations Church in Idaho, his guide Jerry Gruidl surprises him by admitting that he enjoys what British television sitcom?
A. Are You Being Served?
Q. In the UFOs episode of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, what new name had been given to the horse, previously called Lady, that was allegedly ‘killed by flying saucers’?
Q. According to Theroux’s autobiography, he borrowed the idea for his Weird Weekends from what 1980s television series that he’d watched as a child?
A. In at the Deep End
Q. In When Louis Met Chris Eubank, the boxer is nominated for what light-hearted award?
A. Rear of the Year
Q. When Theroux is learning to become a rap artist, he visits the Baton Rouge mansion of which rapper who made $361million through his record label No Limit?
A. Master P
Q. In the episode Gambling in Las Vegas, what’s the name of the butler Theroux meets in the Hilton’s best suite, which is occupied free of charge by a Canadian businessman named Allan?
Q. When Theroux meets Neil and Christine Hamilton, they show him the pilot episode for what proposed television series, in which they organise a luxurious meal at a stranger’s house?
A. Posh Nosh
Q. In Love Without Limits, an episode dealing with polyamorous relationships, Theroux is introduced to what unusual word that means ‘being happy for someone else’s happiness’?
Q. Theroux writes in his autobiography that when he contacted celebrities to feature in a second series of When Louis Met…, which UK politician said of himself that he might be too boring?
A. Norman Tebbit
The caption for the video read: ‘My documentaries were a subject on a resent episode of Mastermind [sic]. I couldn’t resist having a go.
‘Huge respect to the real life contestant Laura Ellerton for her amazing knowledge – and a free copy of #TherouxTheKeyhole is on its way!’
Meanwhile, it comes after Louis treated us all to a thirst-trap after posting a cheeky topless photo, glowing after a workout.
In fairness to Louis, it was all about promoting the importance of mental and physical health via one of his pal Joe Wicks’ popular online workouts.
He recently revealed he had struck up a ‘Covid bromance’ with popular fitness influencer Joe as they worked together on the documentary Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family And Me.
MasterMind is available to stream on BBC iPlayer